Des streets to be closed, the subway stopped and dozens of police and military which put in place a wide perimeter security pending the arrival of bomb disposal experts…. The residents of the district of the porte de Bagnolet (XXe) have been entitled to start the day very eventful Wednesday. Reason : a terrorist alert ! At 7: 30 am, witnesses reported that a man visibly wearing an explosive vest stood on the sidewalk at the top of the rue Belgrand, in front of a bank branch a few steps from the metro station.
All the surroundings have immediately been looped and the people in the street have been evacuated. “It was very, very hot,” says a shopping carnival that had just set up his stall on the market place Edith-Piaf. “The military arrived and we were ordered to go and we locked up in the nearby cafe. We stayed there for over an hour. We knew nothing. It was very scary. “
During this time, the deminers go in front of the man in the vest of explosives, which has already been played by other police officers. “I am a victim, I am a victim…” he says, clearly in panic. The deminers who clear the jacket filled with bread of the plastics from which escape of the electric wires will discover a little later that it is in fact a dummy gear. “The guy has had to come out shirtless and with their hands in the air,” says a witness of the facts.
Nothing to do with a terrorist alert. The man who has, unintentionally, caused the triggering of the alert is a dabiste which was to maintain the atms of the agency LCL-door neighbor. According to his information, and the first elements of the investigation, he was attacked by four armed men, who waited in front of the bank. The criminals have equipped the jacket of explosive in ordering him to open the ATMS.
For some reason, the aggressors are, however, fled without any loot, a few minutes later, leaving their victim on the sidewalk. According to our information, one of the two cars of the fugitives would have been found, partially burned, in a rue des Lilas (Seine-Saint-Denis) in the late morning. It contained a revolver… also fake. The result of the investigation has been entrusted to the brigade for the repression of banditry of the PJ parisienne.